School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Our mission is to carry out excellent policy-facing climate research. We aim to:

  • Undertake internationally significant climate change research that can inform policy debates in New Zealand and elsewhere.
  • Contribute significantly and constructively to public debates about climate change.
  • Develop and deliver high quality, interdisciplinary taught courses to students and practitioners.

In this work we seek to collaborate with organisations and institutions in New Zealand and abroad.

The CCRI has been identified as globally influential by a prestigious report

The 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report produced by the international relations program of the University of Pennsylvania, evaluates and ranks more than 5,000 think tanks across the world. Thousands of international scholars, policymakers, journalists, government officials, donors and think tank executives provide peer and expert review to the indices. CCRI was ranked 40th among Environmental Think Tanks, globally.

Dave Frame, Director of the NZ CCRI said, "It's fantastic that the Institute is having such a clear impact on global environmental thinking. It shows that the traditional constraints on New Zealand institutions - being small and remote from centres of power - need not be barriers to playing a global role.

The CCRI was one of two New Zealand institutions on the list, the other being the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) which ranked 30th best university affiliated think tank worldwide, and third in a new „Asia‟ category alongside distinguished research institutes in Australia, Singapore and Indonesia.